Seventy years ago yesterday, following Germany’s invasion of Poland, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany.
Soon after, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John joined together as the Joint War Organisation. Our two organisations had worked together to help war victims during the First World War, too.
In both wars, thousands of women and men signed up to be volunteers (or, as they were officially known, ‘voluntary aid detachments’ or VADs). One of the iconic images of the Red Cross historically is of women in white nurses uniforms with a big red cross on the bib; but not all our volunteers were nurses.